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September 25, 2020
Friday check in: studio changes from With Strings Attached

 My husband gave me a generous check for my birthday.  That was in June.  My purchases have arrived!

The Tracey's cutting table was delivered last evening.  It replaces the table I bought in 1995.  That table's gate legs gave out about four years ago. I propped it on two bookcases.   (Tracey's also made my sewing machine table.  I purchased both through Sew & Save in Racine.) 

The new cutting table is bigger (40 x 72 vs. 35 x 58)  and has drawers and a storage shelf in the middle. The bookcases still fit nicely under the table, though ...

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September 11, 2020
Friday check in: "where the magic happens" studio tour from With Strings Attached

 I sold two quilts to VH, our wonderful housecleaner, and said I'd take payment in trade.  On Wednesday she and I spent five hours in my studio cleaning and dusting from the light fixtures to the baseboards. She straightened all the stacks of fabric on the shelves.  

I took photos that evening.  Two days later I haven't messed it up very much, but I don't predict that will last very long.  

(I bought the house because the finished basement family room was ideal for my studio. The previous owner had a model train setup under the track ...

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August 30, 2020
Friday report: OMGs for August from With Strings Attached

August has melted away!  (So did June and July, for that matter.)  I am pleased to report that  I completed the three wall hangings that comprised my August One Monthly Goal.  


I made these two for the immediate past co-presidents of the Zion Woman's Club. (I'm the new president.) The club will not resume in-person meetings until February (and that will all depend on the pandemic and guidelines that we don't know yet) so I don't know when these will be presented -- but I'm ready!


The third wall hanging is for the Teal ...

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August 21, 2020
Friday report: string spiderweb is a flimsy from With Strings Attached


It's a flimsy!  5-3/4 yards.

The blue wedges are two different 30's prints. I didn't have enough of either for the borders but, hooray, I had a newer Aunt Grace repro (an estate sale purchase, as I recall) that worked just fine. 

The week's been busy. Outpatient elective surgery for my husband on Wednesday required us to be at the hospital at 6 a.m. and thus up and at 'em earlier than that.  (The procedure was successful and we were home by 10 a.m.) We watched the Democratic National Convention which ended at ...

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August 14, 2020
Friday report: string spiderweb from With Strings Attached

 On Wednesday I wrote that I was in no rush to make the string spiderweb blocks. I'm using Bonnie Hunter's paper-pieced method (more info here:  String Spiderweb).  Her instructions are from 2005.  Yikes!  


I pulled a blue print from the 30's stash and got enough wedges for 14 blocks. I finished them and still had a pile of 1-1/2" strips (and lots more uncut).  I found the same print but in a slightly different blue and put that aside.  A third print is a different pattern but a similar blue to the first and there ...

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July 31, 2020
Friday report: blue berries and scrappy geese from With Strings Attached

 Here's the work in progress. I abandoned the monotone batik background in favor of a lively print and changed the red berries to blue.

Yes, one of the flowers floats higher than the others. I am trying to let that NOT bother me.
(I used a tiny zigzag stitch and I don't want to have to rip that out.)

The narrow border is actually a flange. (That's a tip o' the hat to both Libby and Joy whose current projects have flanges.)

I'm still auditioning borders, but this turquoise-with-blue (from the batiks I bought from Libby ...

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July 24, 2020
Homespun churn dashes and something new from With Strings Attached

78 x 78 and 5 yards used!

I have trouble making "unbalanced" quilts with an even number of rows (i.e, seven columns and eight rows). Does that bother you, too?

Here's the new project.  It was inspired by "Sound Check" by John Kubiniec (McCall's, March/April 2014).  He used solids.

The fun part is choosing the fabric!

 I've admired Wanda's (Exuberant Color)   16-patch block series.  I like the look with 30 patches, too.

Linking up with  Finished or Not Friday
and  Can I Get a Whoop Whoop.

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July 20, 2020
Friday report: it's a flimsy (and the consequences of miscounting) from With Strings Attached

Hooray!  The wedding quilt is assembled!

It's BIG -- 96 x 96.  12-1/2 yards by weight.

The border closeup I posted on Monday showed the flying geese framed by a strip of gray-on-white. I didn't think that all-the-same inner and outer borders played well with the varied backgrounds of the blocks and of the geese.

I cut many, many gray/white strips and pieced them into 5's. (Why 5's and not 6's? No reason.) I sewed two 5's together and then sewed those units in long strips.  It was easier and more accurate to ...

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July 10, 2020
Friday report: blocks made and sent, the flock comes together, and batik bonanza from With Strings Attached

We got 1.67" of badly-needed rain Thursday evening. 

I was going to make 60 string blocks as my contribution to the HeartStrings memorial for Marianne, but I miscounted and made 61.  I mailed them along with some fabric to Sue in Minnesota. 

I decided against sashing the GITP blocks. Because I was careful about the size of each unit and thus each block, all the seams match up. (Yay!) 

 Here is the quilt that inspired this project. I am contemplating using the border (intermittent flying geese) using scrappy grays if that won't look too spotty.  [Danny's Quilt ...

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June 27, 2020
Friday finish: A Star is Born from With Strings Attached

The recipient of A Star is Born will make her debut on July 13, according to her aunt.  It's nice to have the quilt ready in advance.

The squares are 7.5" unfinished.  (I started with 8.5" but that made the quilt too big. I auditioned 6.5" but those were too small.)

The two squares that appear to blend (upper left) have more contrast when seen up close.

3-7/8 yards in all.

Linking up with
Finished or Not Friday
Whoop Whoop

UPDATE:  Apologies to those who have left comments -- the email notification for comments got turned ...

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June 19, 2020
Friday finish! from With Strings Attached

Waffle Stamps is finished!

The stamps are 1.5" squares mostly from mask-making scraps. The blocks are 5.5" unfinished.


The back uses old (bottom right, 36" wide vintage), medium-old (the bright butterflies from about 20 years ago and the Hoffman print right above it), and new (the big piece in the upper left, bought last year). 

68 x 70, 10 yards in all.

Linking up with
Whoop Whoop Friday
Finished or Not Friday

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May 29, 2020
Friday: WIP on SIP from With Strings Attached

(SIP = Shelter in Place, obviously)

I fiddled and fussed with the arrangement of the house blocks so the light and dark frames alternated. I've sewn the bottom five rows together.

The letters turned out okay BUT I don't think I'm going to use them on the front of the quilt.

That's because if I use this as a bed quilt -- all 90 blocks with a border = approx. 82 x 90 -- I don't think I'd like Shelter in Place across the middle. 

Shelter in Place could go on the back along with other phrases that ...

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May 22, 2020
Friday finish! from With Strings Attached

Here are the final blocks for Shelter in Place, my quarantine quilt.

For my Monday post I'll have a photo of all 91 houses on the design wall.

But first!  I *must* get to work on that tote bag. I will send it to one of the other committee members who will add gifts and treats. She will then send it to the outgoing committee chair. Hopefully it will arrive in time for our Zoom meeting on June 6.

Linking up with quilting friends at
Finshed or Not Friday
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

"She always sticks her ...

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May 16, 2020
Rainbow Rail Fence is finished from With Strings Attached

It is a good thing I put the quilt up on the design wall last night, snapped the pictures, and then took the quilt down.  This morning when I went downstairs to start the laundry I discovered puddles on the floor.  There was some water at the baseboard of the design wall. (On the other side of the design wall are the basement stairs and on the other side of the stairs is the laundry room.)   I traced the source of the water to the window well on the east side of the laundry room and I've called the ...

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